Sandra Bullock’s ex husband Jesse James is an American actor and the CEO of a Speed Shop in Austin. Learn more about his life, career and relationships here.
Jesse James Wiki: 5 Facts to Know about Sandra Bullock’s Ex Husband
Jesse James is the former CEO of Austin, a Texas-based Austin Speed Shop and West Coast Choppers. He is an American television actor who has hosted TV shows like Monster Garage, Jesse James Is a ‘Dead Man,’ and he has even appeared on ‘The Apprentice.’ James is also famous for being the ex-husband of the famous actress, Sandra Bullock. His passion for motorcycles and cars is widely known.
James’ Early Life and Education
James was born on 19 April 1969, in Long Beach, California. His birth name is Jesse Gregory James and his parents divorced when he was very young. It was his father, Larry James that took on the responsibility of raising his son. The younger James had a very rough childhood because his father abused him both physically and emotionally. His father was an antique dealer who’s antique shop was next to a Harley-Davidson parts supplier. James’ love for motorcycles started when he was very small when his father gave him a small dirt bike when he was just seven years old. Growing up, he loved that dirt bike. James attended La Sierra High School, in Riverside, California where he was on the football team and he played the role of star linebacker. He graduated from high school in 1987 and then went on to enroll at Riverside Community College where he was part of the football team. He even dreamed of joining the NFL, however, his dream was cut short after he had two injury-plagued seasons. James later quit the team and dropped out of college.
James worked as a professional bodyguard for Slayer, Danzig, and for a band called ;Soundgarden.’ After working as a bodyguard for several years, he decided to start his own business and in 1992 James started a company called West Coast Choppers in his mother’s garage. His company was a success and it was soon relocated to a larger facility. In 2000, James appeared on a Discovery Channel documentary called ‘Motorcycle Mania’ The documentary made him famous and he got celebrity clientele that made West Coast Choppers even bigger. James has designed motorcycles for celebrities like Kid Rock, Tyson Beckford, Keanu Reeves, and Shaquille O’Neal. He decided to expand his business beyond motorcycles when he started a West Coast Choppers clothing line, a fast food restaurant called Cisco Burger, and a magazine called Garage magazine. After the success of ‘Motorcycle Mania,’ James was approached by the Discovery Channel and it was requested that he host a TV show called ‘Monster Garage.’ The TV show showed him and guest mechanics modifying vehicles on a given deadline. James formed his own production called ‘Payupsucker Productions’ that later produced shows like ‘Green Scream,’ ‘History of the Chopper,’ and ‘Iraq Confidential with Jesse James.’ He has also appeared on ‘Sons of Guns’ and the second season of the famous TV show ‘The Apprentice.’ James was later eliminated from ‘The Apprentice’ at the end of the season, which made him number three. On May 31, 2009, Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband appeared on his TV show called ‘Jesse James Is a Dead Man.’ The show showed James doing stunts that were death-defying. His company ‘PayupSucker Productions’ and Spike TV, BASE Productions, produced ‘Jesse James Is a Dead Man.’ The actor has also appeared on ‘Street Customs’ where West Coast Customs customize a pickup truck. He has also done an advertisement for a mobile phone for T-Mobile’s Google together with Phil Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg. In 2010, James’ company ‘West Coast Choppers’ closed. In 2011 and 2012, Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband appeared on American Chopper together with Paul Teutul Jr. for a bike build-off competition. In 2012, he also appeared on ‘Sons of Guns’ again. James was a partial owner of Austin Speed Shop in Austin, Texas. In 2013, he left it to re-open West Coast Choppers in Austin.
James’ Personal Life
Jesse James’ personal life has been in the tabloids constantly alongside his career success. He has been married four times and is an ex husband three times. James first married Karla in 1991 and together they have a daughter named Chandler and a son, Jesse Jr. In 2002, the couple got divorced and in the same year, he got married to Janine Lindemulder who was an adult actress and stripper and from his second marriage came a daughter, Sunny. This marriage was doomed as well and in 2004, the couple got divorced. In 2005, James married famous actress Sandra Bullock whom he met when Sandra Bullock planned for her 10-year-old godson to visit the set of Monster Garage. A media scandal erupted in March 2010, when several women claimed to have had an affair with James during his marriage to Bullock. The scandal made Bullock cancel her European promotional appearances for her movie ‘The Blind Side.’ In the same month, he made a public apology where he asked Bullock and his children to forgive him for his transgressions. Still, in the same month, Sandra’s ex husband checked himself into a rehab facility to try to save his marriage to Bullock but on April 23, 2010, Bullock filed for a divorce in Austin. It was also reported that Bullock had continued with plans to adopt a baby boy in New Orleans without her ex-husband. On June 28, 2010, the divorce was made final. In August 2010, James started dating tattoo artist Kat Von D and in January 2011, the couple got engaged but later separated in July of the same year. In August of that year, the couple announced that they were engaged again. However, in September the same year, Von D announced their break up and said that James had cheated on her with several women. In 2012, he got engaged to Alexis DeJoria who is a professional drag racer. They got married on 24 March 2013 at the estate of Alexis’ father John Paul DeJoria.
Facts to Know
1. Jesse James was born on 19 April 1969 in Long Beach, California. 2. He is a former CEO of Austin Speed Shop in Austin, Texas. 3. James’ company West Coast Choppers opened in 1992 and it closed in 2010. In 2013, he reopened the company again. 4. In 2010, he was involved in a scandal where he was accused of cheating on his then-wife Sandra Bullock. 5. James is currently married to a professional drag racer called Alexis DeJoria. Her father is the famous billionaire businessman called John Paul DeJoria.
Sandra Bullock’s Ex Husband’s Net Worth
Jesse James has an estimated net worth of $100 million. His net worth has been made by his career as being a CEO of West Coast Choppers and being a former CEO of Austin Speed Shop. James’ company sells bikes between $60,000 and $150,000. His appearance in TV shows like ‘Monster Garage,’ ‘The Apprentice,’ and ‘James Is a Dead Man’ has played a role in contributing to his net worth. Jesse James is an actor who has managed to achieve his dreams despite having a tough childhood. He has had many scandals that destroyed his marriage to Sandra Bullock but despite the scandals, he has managed to move on and find love again. James’ TV shows have been entertaining just like his personal life and you just have to wait and see what TV show he appears in next.